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    Belgian Lace

    Jargon is the use of words to mean something other than their dictionary meaning. In this case the words Belgian Lace have little to do with the country mentioned or the fabric alluded to. Of course there is no doubt that fermented malt beverages brewed, fermented and packaged in Belgium may be endowed with “Belgian Lace” but it can also be found in British and North American ales, beers, porters and stout porters as well as German Wit beers and ales and Asian, African and South American lager-style brews.

    The following are illustrations of the phenomena with the only three definitions available from the Ethernet. In closing I offer a link to my posting on the subject.

    "Belgian lace is a term for the traces of foam left by the beer on the interior of the glass as it is consumed."

    "It can be thought of as a souvenir caused by the foamy head of a well-made beer and therefore acts as one indicator of its quality."

    Brewers Lair

    "Belgian (or Brussels) lace: The latticework of foam from the head of the beer that is left on the glass after a drink of beer has been taken. Reflects both the care taken in brewing the beer and the cleanliness of the glass from which it is being served."

    Real Beer

    "Belgian Lace: The beautiful, white latticework of foam from the head of the beer that is left on the glass after a sip of beer has been taken"

    BeerTools Pro


    Tatting Belgian Lace… 


    Tatting Belgian Lace

    First of all… “Tatting” is what you do to stuff that is finer than yarn. If you are doing the same thing, more or less, it is called knitting. I suggest you visit “Tatting” and “Knitting” if you want any more information.

    The following two pictures are graphic representations of what, in the world of beer-geeks, is known as “Belgian Lace”. The origins of this phrase are loosely based on the effect that an all-malt brew has on head retention. It seems that the foam/head on a brew is brewed with almost all malt. The resulting foam has a particular tendency to cling to the side of a clean glass. Each sip results in another “ring” of this lace. The following will lead you to much more than you will ever want to know on the subject… Belgian Lace.

    What all will agree with is that for each sip of the brew a “layer” of Belgian lace is left to remind you how many sips you have enjoyed.

    For your inspection I offer a graphic representation of the Belgian Lace as it was “tatted” on the sides of a pint of Sixpoint Brownstone this afternoon at Bar Tabac…

    In order to assure myself that I still had some sort of “tatting” skill, and an order of “Steak Frites” my “tatting” improved somewhat…

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!